Undersecretary of State John Sullivan and Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Martín Valenzuela, spoke on Thursday about the crisis in Venezuela and the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
In a press release issued by the US State Department, Sullivan “thanked” Martin Valenzuela for “the contributions of Spain to the efforts to defeat the EI in Iraq,” a country in which Spain maintains deployed 580 military personnel. .
Also, the US diplomat “emphasized the commitment of the US to support the democratic aspirations of the people of Venezuela” after the recognition made by the two countries to the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the Caribbean nation.
Finally, according to the note, both addressed “several regional and bilateral issues, including efforts to globally combat IS, as well as security and economic development in the African Sahel region.”
Martín Valenzuela led on Wednesday the Spanish delegation that participated in the summit of the international coalition against the Islamic State held in Washington.
At that summit, US President Donald Trump announced that next week he will formally announce that the alliance led by his country has conquered the “100%” of the “caliphate” that the IS proclaimed in 2014 in Syria. to Iraq.
The Spanish diplomat expressed a sense of tranquility after the meeting having received US guarantees. about the defeat of the jihadists.
“We are going more calm because the meeting has clearly shown two things: one, that there is a success, still temporary, but there is already a success in the struggle against the ‘Daesh’ (acronym in Arabic of Islamic State),” said the diplomat .
The second, according to Martín Valenzuela, was the commitment reaffirmed by the 79 countries of the coalition to continue facing the EI. (EFEUSA) .-